Mississippi Half Step, Mama Tried-> Me & My Uncle, Peggy-O, Jack Straw, Friend Of The Devil, It's All Over Now, Row Jimmy, Lazy Lightning-> Supplication Terrapin Station-> Playin' In The Band-> Passenger-> Estimated Prophet-> Stella Blue, Sugar Magnolia, E: Around & Around
SBD> MR> ?> D> CD> EAC> SHN; patched with AUD> MC> C> D> CD> EAC> SHN; technical problems with SBD (see caveat); Thanks to Mike Tausig and Jack Warner; edits/encoding by JCotsman
January 31, 2023 Subject:
Central Valley Dead
I saw many of the 78 shows and caught Bakersfield, Fresno, Sacramento and Stockton on this particular run. The vibe was definitely strange, the shows very sparsely attended. It seemed like many of those that did show up were just looking for fun on a Saturday night, it could have been a Styx concert for all that it mattered. Forget which night Phil quipped that it was their mistake to play the same night as the basketball game. Having said that, Jerry did not seem lazy to me, maybe drained is a better word. But he gutted through like a trooper, god bless him. One of the strangest things that ever happened to me on tour occurred at Fresno. Phil actually partied in my room and listened to tapes with us, which was very cool but somebody, somehow, hid out in my room at checkout and stayed the rest of the week, on my credit card! Never trust a prankster, deadheads could be quite sneaky.
January 23, 2022 Subject:
Some nice stretches, marred by patches
This show definitely has its high points. Half-Step is one of the most intense I've ever heard, although I'll always consider Landover from later this year as my number one for that song. Playin' goes into a long, spooky jam, where for once Jerry backs off the all on, all the time sound he had with Wolf in this period. Unfortunately, the spacy part near the end of Playin' is where the audience patches start, and they continue through Passenger to where the sound is alternating between SBD and AUD. Just pick one or the other, OK? There's another audience patch in Estimated.
I kind of agree with other reviewers that Jerry's playing is a bit lazy at points, going for the cheap audience-pleasing trills for example at the beginning of his closing solo on Stella, though he settles there into some beautiful playing.
Overall it's a good but not great show. I knocked it down a star due to all the audience patches on Playin' > Passenger and Estimated.
January 19, 2019 Subject:
A lot of 78 shows were lazy where Garcia was concerned. This is maybe not the laziest, but compare it to 1/10 and 1/11/78. Those are five-star 78 shows.
January 17, 2018 Subject:
Could this one please be a future Dave's Pick please?
Along with the previous nite at Sacramento? Please?
January 18, 2009 Subject:
i am listening to the playin>passenger>space and to call this a lazy performance is probably a very bad way to describe this show. on stella blue jerry's voice is rough but that makes it so heartfelt. i really like this show. it does have some patch problems on passenger but the energy makes up for any recording problems. i think we are so spoiled to have all these recordings here and make issues out minutiae imho
February 18, 2008 Subject:
My first show
Been out of the listening loop for some time now. Thought I'd check back in and dig up my first show. Not at all as I so-called remember it, but dear nonetheless. It was a wild and wooly time, and I am glad I got to know the Dead in the 1970's. This show was the beginning of a long and fulfilling love affair. I am grateful.
January 18, 2008 Subject:
Someone quick, get Jerrry Some Tea!
Poor Jerry, his voice just gives out here and there from what, not really sure, didn't get a chance to ask him! He still does his best pulling some of the vocals off. But at least his heart and soul is still flowing through out his performace.
Anyway, the sound, at times gets wierd, and the overall show is quite mellow (not that is is a bad thing).
I still enjoyed listening to this show as well as the others in this year. As I have been told, that 77 is one of their better years. I am amazed to find thus far (showing my newb here), how many songs have been repeated in the tour. As for me, I don't think this is a bad thing, as each show seems to render a slightly different version of how they did it before.
Overall, I give this show 3 stars.
April 14, 2007 Subject:
I stumbled upon this planning to listen to Half Step opener, a few hours later and I am writing a review as Jerry drifts into Stella Blue. I like Jerry's vocals (Peggy-o)in the first set and the jamming is good especially closing with LL>SUPPL
Second set nice Playin-enjoyed the big jam after Passenger might even call it a mini 78 version of later day Space jam that goes into a way laid back Estimated. In fact this whole show just has a great mellow vibe.
Jerry loses his vocal chords during Stella and Donna and Bobby come in for an assist. Luckily that does not stop his guitar, always felt when Garcia hit a roadblock with his vocals he just channeled it into his guitar playing.( That will be the last Garcia tune this night.) They could have called it a night after Prophet and I would still give this show 4/5
September 18, 2006 Subject:
i just have to laugh
might be a tad muddy sounding, but they sound plenty 'on' here. Anyone calling em lazy just doesnt get it.
July 19, 2006 Subject:
Terrapin through Sugar Mag is awesome. Jerry leaves briefly during the Playin jam, and when he returns majestically riding on the back of a gigantic sparrow......ah forget it
May 24, 2005 Subject:
I am really dissapointed in this show. There is no energy and the whole show is just plain lazy. The are so many other rockin dead shows out there, this one can be skipped.
September 5, 2004 Subject:
good sound. sweet "its all over now," slow and funky!